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 Catholic Education Week

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Catholic Education Week is next week and is an opportunity for us in Catholic schools to celebrate and promote the distinctive mission and ethos of our schools. We have so much to celebrate in all of these areas here at Xavier! The theme for celebrations this year is:

'Opening the Doors in the Year of Mercy'

This will be an opportunity for all Catholic schools to reflect on their mission and vision within the broader context of the Catholic Church. In this Year of Mercy, Catholic schools are invited to open their doors showing God's face of mercy in the ways they welcome and value every student and their family who takes the step through the threshold of their gates and doors. Next week we will be celebrating in several ways:

  - All staff and students from the College will celebrate the Eucharist at Mass on Tuesday morning at 9:30am in JPAC. We are blessed to have Fr Marty as our presider and musician Gary Pinto coming up from Melbourne to play for us. Parents and families are very welcome to join us.

   - Our new student leaders will be officially inducted and presented with their badges during this Mass.

   - Gary Pinto will conduct workshops/concerts for choirs and various other year levels.
  - After Mass the students will gather together for a 'House Lunch' and will be provided with a sausage and popper for morning tea.
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We are very excited to welcome Gary Pinto to join our music ministry for our Catholic Education Week Mass.  Gary Pinto is regarded by his musical peers as being a rare talent who has the ability to touch the hearts of those who see him perform. Having been described as "...one of the most exciting solo vocalists in Australia.”  Gary's musical background includes fronting the multi-platinum selling band, CDB, widely regarded as pioneers of R&B music in Australia.  Gary is well known for his track "Saint Mary Mackillop", a song he co-wrote as the 2010 official song for the canonisation of Mary Mackillop.

Gary also co-wrote "Receive the Power" with Guy Sebastian, a song for the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney (which is a personal favourite of ours!).   With a socially relevant undertone running through his music, Gary's strength lies in his lyrics which convey a message of hope and love, highlighting situations that are often overlooked but nonetheless prevalent in society today.

Gary has worked on a variety of projects including vocal mentor on Channel 7's X-Factor, a backing vocalist for many of Australia's highest charting artists such as Stan Walker and Jimmy Barnes and touring with Guy Sebastian. More personally, he is involved in catechesis work with the Catholic Church while trying to find the right balance to make way for friends, family and marriage. Gary's faith in God is an integral part of his life that becomes apparent when talking to him. He speaks about his faith freely and openly and he is also currently working on two gospel albums. (Taken from the Gary Pinto website)